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BREAKING NEWS: Thanks to your generosity, we have exceeded our goal! We are on the floor with gratitude, but humbly, we ask you: if you can find it in your hearts to keep donating and keep shouting out, exceeding our $75K goal means we may be able to consider many aspects of great filmmaking that were previously unattainable to us. With more money, we can hire more and better-paid crew members. We can license songs and images to round out our 2004 landscape. We can bring more people to our Wisconsin shoot. And so much more. Help Farah Goes Bang crack $100K to become one of Kickstarter's highest-grossing film campaigns of ALL TIME!
Exciting casting updates!
Our Farah is...Circumstance actress Nikohl Boosheri! Circumstance, a forbidden-love story of two young women in Tehran, won a nearly outrageous number of 2011 film festival awards, including the Sundance Audience Award. It was named the year’s “most anticipated” independent film by the New York Times, and was one of Paste Magazine’s 50 best films of 2011. Nikohl’s was named Best Performance at both the Rome, LA OutFest and Noor Film Festivals. We know that Nikohl’s talent and stardom will help our film reach similar acclaim!
Kiran Deol, an actress, comedian and documentary filmmaker, will co-star as Roopa Raj, a political junkie who blazes a trail across America for the Kerry campaign in the hopes of earning a job at the John Kerry White House. Deol, a graduate of Harvard University, directed the feature documentary Woman Rebel, which premiered on HBO and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Kiran’s outsize intelligence and outrageous wit will illuminate the role of Roopa.
The press likes us:
- San Francisco Bay Guardian
- The Sexy Grammarian
- The Rumpus
- The Faster Times
- The Film Stage
- IndieWIRE Project of the Day
- Women and Hollywood
FARAH GOES BANG tells the story of Farah Mahtab, a woman in her twenties who tries to lose her virginity while on the road campaigning for presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004. Farah and her friends K.J. and Roopa follow the campaign trail across historic Route 66 on their way to Ohio, the central battleground state of 2004, seizing control of this charged moment in their lives and the life of their country. FARAH GOES BANG is Thelma & Louise meets Y Tu Mamá También meets On The Road: the film was co-written by Meera Menon and Laura Goode, will be directed by Meera Menon, and will be produced by Laura Goode, Liz Singh, and Danielle Firoozi.
FARAH GOES BANG is a valentine to contemporary feminism, youth in revolt, and the passionate politics of idealism. It is the travelogue of three women out on a highway belonging not to suicidal housewives or bubblegum pop stars, but to young women as agents, as doers, as authors of their own American odyssey. In this way, FARAH updates the classic American tradition of the Western, telling a new trail story--whose subjects are both cowgirls and Indians, both heroines and outlaws--in a diverse, powerful, and hilarious female voice.
With this campaign, our team aims to raise $75,000 or more in the month of April to fund production of the film in June and July 2012. Visit our website at www.farahgoesbang.com to learn more about the film, the community we’re building with our blog, Cherry Bomb, and the conversations we’re having on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.
WHO WE ARE
The FARAH GOES BANG project is an intensely personal one for co-writers Meera Menon (director) and Laura Goode (producer), who have been friends, collaborators, and sometime roommates for almost ten years, and who have dreamed of making a movie together for pretty much all of those years. After producing four short films and a full-length play together, receiving our respective MFAs in film and writing, and spending two years co-writing the FGB script, it feels uniquely appropriate for us to be making a film about friends who make each other laugh, tell each other secrets, and constantly challenge each other to grow.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
It’s easy: all you have to do is sign up for a free account, give any amount you can, and claim your reward. Your donation amount will not be publicly displayed, and we receive your funds only if we meet our full $75,000 goal. If you’d rather not claim a reward, you’re welcome just to donate, and if you’d like to increase your donation at any point during the campaign, just sign in, come back to this page, and click the blue “Manage Your Donation” button to enter a new amount or choose a new incentive.
We love hearing from our supporters and prospective supporters, and have always hoped this film would inspire lots of new conversations. Please contact us at farahgoesbang AT gmail DOT com with any questions whatsoever, and visit our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages frequently for updates on the film, Cherry Bomb, and much, much more.
From the bottoms of our exploding hearts, thank you for visiting this page and considering making a donation. We’re building a dream, a business of ideas, and are more grateful for every supporter than you will ever know.
Yours in imagination,
Laura Goode + Meera Menon
Co-creators, FARAH GOES BANG
And the FGB production team:
Liz Singh and Danielle Firoozi, Producers
Neelanjana Banerjee, Editor, Cherry Bomb
Mike Fabio, Community Manager
Paul Gleason, Director of Photography
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